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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CLEAROMIZER, GLASSOMIZER, AND CARTOMIZER?
Although all three perform the same general function, they do have certain distinctions. All three devices hold e-liquid, contain atomizer coils, and screw onto a battery. A cartomizer is a device that contains a cotton or cotton-like filament within the tank that absorbs the e-liquid. The liquid is then fed to the coils through this material and evaporates when heated by the battery.
A clearomizer, on the other hand, does not possess any such filament. Rather, the coils used with clearomizers have wicks attached to them. These wicks then absorb the e-liquid and feed it to the atomizer coils. Clearomizers also have large plastic e-liquid reservoirs that can hold various volumes of e-liquid.
Glassomizers, such as the Aspire Nautilus X and Kanger Protank 4, function in the identical way a clearomizer does. The sole distinction between a clearomizer and a glassomizer is that the e-liquid reservoir of clearomizers is made of plastic, while that of a glassomizer is made of Pyrex glass. The benefit of this is that unlike plastic tanks, which can erode over time due to the acidity of e-liquids, glassomizers are completely resistant to such erosion.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ADVANCED PERSONAL VAPORIZERS (APVS) AND MODS?
Although the two terms tend to be used interchangeably, they are completely different devices. Advanced Personal Vaporizers (APVs) are electronic devices with wires, circuits, and other electronic components. APVs are generally variable voltage and variable wattage, and have a host of features. When the fire button of an APV is pressed, it sends an electronic signal, making the battery function and heat up the atomizer coil.
A MOD is a mechanical device. They are called Mechanical MODs because they do not contain any circuity or electronic component whatsoever. When the fire button of a mechanical MOD is pressed, is physically makes a connection between the battery and the atomizer coil, causing it to heat up. Mechanical MODs are generally used with Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs), not with clearomizers.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REBUILDABLE DRIPPING ATOMIZERS (RDA) AND REBUILDABLE ATOMIZERS (RBA)?
Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers and Rebuildable Atomizers function is virtually the same way. They are generally high quality atomizer bases that allow you to build your own atomizer coils to use with them. Wicks or cotton is then run through the coils in order to absorb the e-liquid dripped onto them, feeding the liquid to the coils. The difference between RRA and RBA is that RDA require you to continuously drip e-liquid onto the cotton or wick material. After a few drags, the liquid dries up, requiring you to drip more. RBA, on the other hand, have reservoir tanks, allowing you to fill more liquid into them so that dripping continuously is unnecessary.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SINGLE-COIL ATOMIZERS AND DUAL-COIL ATOMIZERS?
An Atomizer head is the part of the electronic cigarette device that contains a wick or filament material of some kind. The material is there to absorb the e-liquid and feed it to the atomizer coil(s). The coils are wires that connect to a base, which in turn connects to the battery. When the battery is deployed, the wires heat up and vaporize the e-liquid.
A single-coil atomizer head has just one single wire that is coiled up with the filament material running through it. A dual-coil atomizer head has two of these coiled wires running to the battery, providing essentially double the amount of vapor when the battery is deployed. The primary benefits of dual-coil atomizer heads are that they produce more vapor and flavor. The primary downside of them is that they tend to burn through e-liquid at a faster rate than their single-coil counterparts.
HOW DO YOU DO IT?
HOW DO YOU FILL A CLEAROMIZER WITH E-LIQUID?
Although clearomizers come in a variety of brands, sizes, and designs, they are generally constructed the same. The primary distinction between clearomizers is whether they are top coil or bottom coil. This simply refers to the location of the atomizer coil. The majority of clearomizers nowadays are bottom coil.
To fill your clearomizer, you first need to unscrew either the base or the top portion where the mouthpiece is located, depending on the clearomizer you are using. If it’s a bottom coil clearomizer, you will be removing the base portion. Once you have done so, very slightly tilt your clearomizer, and fill the tank portion with e-liquid. It is very important that you don’t get any liquid into the center hole. To ensure this, allow the e-liquid to cascade down the side on the tank until it is filled up to just beneath the center air hole.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE ATOMIZER COIL?
You will know when the atomizer coil is due to be replaced when you begin experiencing certain changes with the taste and performance of your clearomizer. You will notice that when you have a fresh atomizer coil in place, your will obtain large vapor clouds and robust flavor from your e-liquid. The first sign that your coil is starting to burn out is when the vapor production is less than it was when you first started using it. The second indication that your atomizer coil needs to be replaced is that the flavor will be less tasty, and will begin to show a burnt taste to it. This burnt taste will become more and more apparent as the coil starts to burn out. The flavor will be completely burnt, and your coil will ultimately stop working if you don’t replace it. We recommend that you change the coil at the very first sign of the burnt taste.
HOW DO YOU CHANGE THE ATOMIZER COIL?
There are essentially two types of clearomizers: bottom coil and top coil. This simply refers to the physical location of the atomizer coil. If it is a bottom coil clearomizer, the atomizer coil will be located at the bottom of the device. If it is a top coil clearomizer, the atomizer coil will be located towards the top of the device. The majority of clearomizers are bottom coil, but top coil devices are certainly out there.
For a bottom coil clearomizer, simply unscrew the base of the device until it is removed. Attached to the center of the base will be the atomizer coil. Unscrew the coil and discard it. Then, screw on your new replacement coil. Finally, screw the base back onto the clearomizer, and you’re all done.
For a top coil clearomizer, simply unscrew the top portion of the clearomizer where the mouthpiece (drip tip) is located. The atomizer coil will be attached to the center of that component. Unscrew the atomizer head and throw it away. Then screw on the new atomizer head and attach the entire component back to the clearomizer.
It is important to remember that when you put in a fresh atomizer coil, since the wicks located within the coil are dry, you will have to puff on your ecig a few times to draw liquid to the wicks. Until the wick is adequately saturated, you will experience a burnt taste. This is completely normal. You can either take short, rapid puffs without inhaling until the wicks are wet with e-liquid, or allow your clearomizer to sit for 5 minutes or so standing upright. The wicks will slowly absorb the e-liquid, and you will be able to avoid any burnt tasting hits.
HOW DO YOU PRIME A NEW ATOMIZER HEAD?
There’s nothing like a fresh atomizer coil, but as most vapers experience, the first few puffs with a new atomizer head can have a burnt and unpleasant taste to it. To minimize this problem, priming your atomizer coil is a good idea. Priming your atomizer coil essentially means saturating the dry wicking material with e-liquid so that when the device is activated, it vaporizes the e-liquid rather than burn the wicking material.
There are four simple and easy steps involved in priming a new atomizer head:
Step 1) Before the new atomizer head is screwed onto the clearomizer, put a couple drops of e-liquid into the holes where you can see the wicking material, which is usually white in color. Allow for those drops of liquid to be absorbed into the material. For top-coil or long-wick clearomizers, simply saturate the individual wicks with e-liquid.
Step 2) Screw the atomizer coil back onto the clearomizer, making sure that the tank is filled with a sufficient amount of e-liquid.
Step 3) Without pressing the fire button, take some deep drags off your device. If the air hole is visible and accessible, use your finger to cover the hole(s) while taking the drags.
Step 4) Press the fire button and take several short rapid puffs without inhaling the vapor. Repeat this step three or four times. Once this is complete, your new atomizer coil will be primed and ready to use.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN YOUR CLEAROMIZER?
Cleaning your clearomizer or glassomizer is rather easy task. However, it is important to note that you can only clean reusable clearomizers, not disposable ones. Some clearomizers can be fully disassembled while others cannot. Regardless of what type you have, the steps required to clean your clearomizer are generally the same.
Step 1) Unscrew the portion of your clearomizer necessary to access the e-liquid reservoir and empty out all of the e-liquid within the tank.
Step 2) If your clearomizer can be disassembled, take each individual component apart, making sure to remove the atomizer head. If your clearomizer cannot be taken apart, then simply remove the atomizer head.
Step 3) Run the various components of the device under running water. Make sure that everything is thoroughly rinsed and cleaned. Never use soap, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or anything of the sort when cleaning your clearomizer. All you need is water. If the drip tip can be removed, however, it can be cleaned with soap.
Step 4) Shake the various components vigorously to rid it of as much water as possible. Then, use a paper towel to dry the rest of the clearomizer as best as possible. Don’t worry if there is a very minor trace of residual water inside the tank, just try to dry it as well as you can.
Step 5) Screw the atomizer head back onto the appropriate component. It is recommended that you replace your atomizer coil after the clearomizer has been cleaned, but the existing one can be used as well.
Step 6) Simply put all of the various components of the clearomizer back together, fill it with e-liquid, and you are ready to start vaping with a freshly cleaned clearomizer.
WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME?
With so many various electronic cigarette available today, how do you know which one is right for you? To make this determination, you need to begin eliminating certain product categories until you have reached the right group of possibilities that you can select from.
STEP 1: WHAT SIZE OF A DEVICE DO YOU WANT?
The first step in determining the best ecig setup for you is to decide how large or small of a device you are comfortable with. There are pros and cons to each size type. Larger devices, such as Advanced Personal Vaporizers (APVs) tend to offer more features that allow you customize your vaping experience. In addition, larger devices will have changeable batteries and will last longer between charges. That is, the device itself will have a compartment for a battery that you can replace. This is convenient because you can always have a fully charged spare battery available, so when the battery itself dies, you can replace it with the charged one so that you will never be left without your electronic cigarette. The downside, of course, is that it is a larger device to carry around with you on a daily basis.
STEP 2: WHAT TYPE OF FEATURES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Electronic cigarettes range from extremely basic to very advanced. You need to determine what features are important to you in order to ascertain what device to consider. At the most basic level would be some of the basic starter kits, such as the Kanger eSmart or the Kanger Evod Starter Kits. These are very simply batteries and clearomizers that will work well and don’t have any additional features or functions to worry about.
Some devices offer limited options, such as variable voltage capabilities, which allows you to adjust the voltage output of your ecig battery. This is a nice feature, as you can customize how strong of a hit you get out of your ecigarette.
The most advanced setups generally include devices called Advanced Personal Vaporizers (APVs). These are loaded with features that will allow you to customize your overall vaping experience substantially. APVs are generally variable voltage, variable wattage, have ohms meters, puff counters, and are loaded with a host of safety features. Nowadays, there are APVs that are smaller in size than others, such as the Eleaf iStick or the Vaporesso Target Mini.
STEP 3: DO YOU WANT A STARTER KIT OR DO YOU PREFER PUTTING TOGETHER YOUR OWN SET?
Starter kits will provide you with everything you need to begin vaping, except for e-liquid. They will include batteries, clearomizers, replacement atomizer coils, chargers, and wall adapters. There are a plethora of starter kits to choose from, should you decide to go this route.
Building your own device can be beneficial, as you will be able to pick and choose which products to put together. However, if you are just starting out, determining which products work well with one another, the components you need, and how well they fit together could be a daunting task. The basic components you need are batteries, clearomizers, replacement atomizer coils, a charger, wall adapter, and e-liquid. With these components, you will be able to start vaping.
If you need help deciding the best starter kit or to put together your own custom set, feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to walk you through the process step-by-step.
WHAT’S THE BEST E-LIQUID FOR ME?
With so many e-liquid lines to choose from, determining which one is best for you can be a truly daunting task. Although the specific flavor for you is a matter of personal preference, there are some general guidelines to adhere to when making your selection.
First and foremost is quality. You want to stay away from e-liquids that are not manufactured in the United States, such as Chinese-made e-liquids. E-liquids that are not wholly made in the United States will tend to be loaded with impurities and artificial ingredients, which can be potentially harmful to you. In addition, you want to make sure that the e-liquid lines you are considering are made to FDA standards, and use pharmaceutical-grade or food-grade ingredients. Vapor Authority only carries USA made e-liquids that meet our extremely high quality standards.
Regarding flavor selection, there are 5 basic e-liquid flavor categories: fruit, tobacco, drink, candy, dessert, and menthol. Of course, there are flavors that combine these categories, but those are the basic ones. The best way to figure out which flavor categories you like is to simply try them out. Purchase numerous small sizes of various e-liquids to try. You will know right away which ones you love and which ones you hate. Once you have a basic understanding of the flavor types you enjoy, keep trying e-liquids within those flavor categories until you have a set of them that you absolutely love.
To determine the nicotine strength to use, it is important to first understand what your current habits are. If you are a cigarette smoker, then you will likely want to select a nicotine strength based on how heavy of a smoker you are. In time, you can gradually reduce the amount of nicotine until you reach zero. If you are currently not a cigarette smoker, it would be best to use 0mg nicotine.
WHAT IS IT?
WHAT IS SUB-OHM VAPING?
One of the primary components of all electronic cigarettes is the atomizer coil. Atomizer coils come in a variety of forms, from single-coil and dual-coil to top-coil and bottom-coil. One of the primary variations is the resistance of the atomizer coil itself. Standard resistance atomizer coils are between 1.0 ohms and 3.0 ohms. Sub-ohm atomizers are those with coils that are under 1.0 ohms. They vary in range from between 0.1 ohms to 0.9 ohms.
Clearomizers that use or are compatible with sub-ohm atomizer heads are called sub-ohm clearomizers. Using sub-ohm clearomizers to vape is referred to as “Sub-Ohm Vaping.” However, sub-ohm vaping requires more than just a sub-ohm clearomizer. They also require high-wattage devices to power them properly. Although much higher wattages can be used, sub-ohm clearomizers require a minimum of 25W to make the sub-ohm atomizers effective.
IS SUB-OHM VAPING DANGEROUS?
Sub-ohm vaping pushes the limits of the physics of ohms and wattages. This is done to achieve the largest vapor clouds and maximum performance out of an individual’s electronic cigarette device. Anytime limits are pushed, the potential for danger does rise. However, sub-ohm vaping as it exists today can be relatively safe.
Sub-ohm atomizers that are built by the user in RDAs and RBAs are higher risk than those that are premade by the manufacturer. Human error leaves more room for mistakes and subsequent hazards when the atomizer is custom built. Premade sub-ohm coils, such as Kanger OCC coils and Aspire Atlantis coils are made with precision by machines, and therefore decrease the chance of danger when using sub-ohm setups. Of course, that is not to say that it still cannot be dangerous. Ramping up the output wattages of batteries that are attached to sub-ohm coils does pose certain risks and should be engaged with caution only by very experienced vapers.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND DOWNSIDES OF SUB-OHM VAPING?
When sub-ohm atomizers are coupled with high wattages, the result is much thicker and richer vapor clouds. The combination creates massive vapor clouds that cannot be achieved with standard resistance atomizer coils. Additionally, the flavor produced by the e-liquid is exceptionally more robust and savory.
The primary downsides of sub-ohm vaping are that it requires more battery power and burns through e-liquid faster. Since the wattage output of the battery must be much higher when sub-ohm vaping, the battery life will be shortened accordingly. You will, therefore, be forced to charge the battery more frequently. In addition, although one of the benefits of sub-ohm vaping is that it produces more vapor, larger clouds necessarily equates to the use of more e-liquid. Consequently, you will consume substantially more e-liquid when you use a sub-ohm setup.
IS SUB-OHM VAPING RIGHT FOR ME?
Sub-ohm vaping is an advanced form of electronic cigarette use and should not be engaged in by new vapers. Sub-ohm vaping requires knowledge relating to Ohms Law, Watt’s Law, and how they relate to each other. It is not recommended that a novice vaper engage in the act of sub-ohm vaping.
If you do have experience with vaping, then you may want to consider sub-ohm vaping. Whether or not it is right for you depends on what your vaping needs and goals are. If you are a cloud chaser seeking the largest possible vapor clouds, then sub-ohm vaping may be a good option for you. On the other hand, if you simply want smooth hits that produce substantial vapor, then sub-ohm vaping is not necessary. A good clearomizer and APV is capable of producing a wonderful and satisfying vaping experience.
WHAT IS A REBUILDABLE ATOMIZER?
A Rebuildable Atomizer is a device that allows the user to build his/her own atomizer coils. Rebuildable atomizers are made of various metals, such as stainless steel and brass, and are furnished with positive and negative posts. The user will then take a piece of Kanthal resistance wire and shape it in a coil formation. One end of the wire will be connected to a positive post, while the other will be connected to a negative post. Wicking material, such as silca wick or cotton, is then fed through the opening of the coils. This wicking material will act as a sponge to absorb the e-liquid and feed it to the heating element to be vaporized.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN RDA AND AN RBA?
A Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer (RDA) and a Rebuildable Atomizer (RBA) function in essentially the same fashion. They both allow for the user to build custom atomizer coils. However, once the build is complete, an RDA user must drip small amounts of e-liquid onto the wicking material at any one time. After a few hits, the e-liquid will dry up and more drops of e-liquid must be added to continue vaping. RBAs on the other hand, are equipped with e-liquid reservoirs that can be filled in a similar fashion as clearomizers. The e-liquid is then constantly fed to the wicking material, thereby eliminating the need to constantly drip.
ARE REBUILDABLE ATOMIZERS DANGEROUS?
Rebuildable dripping atomizer can definitely be dangerous. If you are inexperienced and improperly build your coil, this can result in an accident. Incorrectly building your atomizers, using the wrong wires, and incorrect power outputs are some of the things that can potentially cause a dangerous situation. Correctly using an RDA or RBA can be safe; however, it is essential that you are trained by an experienced dripper before building your own coils.
IS DRIPPING RIGHT FOR ME?
Dripping is an extremely advanced form of vaping. There are many factors involved with using rebuildable atomizers that must be understood before engaging in this activity. It is recommended that one has a minimum of six months vaping experience, and one month of training from an experienced dripper before partaking in dripping/building on your own.
If you are an experienced vaper, then dripping and building may be something that interests you. Whether or not dripping is right for you depends on what your vaping needs are. If you are a moderate vaper and simply want a clean hit with large vapor clouds, then you can achieve this with a good clearomizer and a box MOD. However, if you are a cloud chaser and want the absolute largest vapor clouds possible, then an RDA or RBA may be something to consider.
However, with the advanced hardware currently available, simply seeking extremely large vapor clouds no longer requires the use of an RDA/RBA. Sub-ohm clearomizers, such as the Aspire Atlantis and the Kanger Subtank, will provide comparable vapor clouds as RDAs do. Of course, with a rebuildable atomizer, you are afforded far greater flexibility which allows you to tweak your setup for optimum performance. Nevertheless, the high wattage devices and sub-ohm clearomizers available today will provide for outstanding vapor and flavor production.
WHAT IS A BOX MOD?
A box MOD is an electronic cigarette device that either contains an internal battery or has housing space for an external battery. They come in two primary forms: regulated and unregulated. Both versions have a square-shaped design, hence the name box MOD.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOX MODS?
There are two basic types of box MODs: regulated and unregulated. The fundamental difference between the two is that mechanical box MODs do not possess any electronic components whatsoever, while regulated ones do. As with all mechanical MODs, the box-shaped versions are void of circuit boards, chips, OLED screens, and the like. When the fire button of a mechanical box MOD is pressed, it physically completes a connection between the battery and the coil thereby activating it.
On the other hand, regulated box MODs, which are generally referred to as simply box MODs, are electronic devices. When the fire button is pressed, the message is relayed through its processor signaling the device power the atomizer coil. Modern box MODs are variable voltage, variable wattage, and loaded with a plethora of advanced features. Most brand name box MODs, such as the Eleaf iStick 50W, the SMOK G-Priv, the Vaporesso Nebula, the Tesla Touch, and the Wismec Reuleaux RX2/3 come standard with features such as OLED screens, variable wattage capability, variable voltage capability, ohms meters, puff counters, and a host of safety features.
IS A BOX MOD RIGHT FOR ME?
Box MODs in general are the current trend within the vaping industry. Their extreme popularity has made many vapers wonder if purchasing one is the correct move for them. The answer to this question is dependent on your personal wants, needs, and preferences.
The first factor in determining if a box MOD is right for you is ascertaining whether you are interested in a mechanical MOD or an electronic one. Mechanical box MODs are generally used with Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs), which is an advanced form of vaping. If you don’t have experience with dripping, then no mechanical MOD is right for you—box-shaped or otherwise. However, if you are considering a regulated box MOD, then it is something that should be contemplated.
Another important matter to consider is the shape of the device. Whether you are interested in a regulated or unregulated box MOD, they will all be similarly shaped. It is, therefore, important to consider whether or not this unique design is one that you will be comfortable with. If you are used to the long tube-shaped electronic cigarettes, switching to a box-shaped device will take some getting used to. However, many of the smaller sized box MODs, such as the Eleaf iStick 30W, fits very comfortably in your hand. The majority of box MOD users claim that the shape is substantially more comfortable to hold throughout the day than their cylindrical counterparts.
You must also consider the size of the device you are currently using in an effort to determine whether or not a box MOD is right for you. If you are used to using a compact electronic cigarette then a box MOD may be too large for you. Although smaller versions do exist, such as the Eleaf iStick Mini, they will all be larger in size than a compact device, such as the Kanger eSmart. However, it is worth noting that the quality of vapor and the overall enhanced vaping experience enjoyed by users of regulated box MODs certainly accounts for the difference in size. Although generally considered well worth the larger size, it is still a matter of personal preference, if you need any help, please Contact us.